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The story of this photo:

This is a sculpture in the central park (Oberer Schlossgarten) of Stuttgart, Germany. It is quite difficult to get a decent shot of this thing as it is surrounded by all kinds of buildings and trees. Moreover, on a sunny day this is a very busy part of Stuttgart. So it took a few attempts until I got this shot. I tried to work with what was there and used the trees in the background as a sort of frame that leads the eyes towards the sculpture. At least that's the idea. Judge for yourself whether that works for you.


If you look at the real sculpture, it does not have that golden tone. That is my artistic interpretation of it. The tone comes from reflections of the ground that I chose to enhance.




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How it was shot:

> Handheld

> Three exposures (0, -2, +2 ev) autobracketed

> Camera: Nikon D90

> Lens: Sigma 10-20mm F3,5 EX DC HSM

> Details can be found here


How it was tonemapped:

> Preparation: developed the raw files with ACR mainly in order to reduce the CA [details]

> Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)

> Tonemapped two versions, one for the sculpture and one for the background blended later in Photoshop


How it was post-processed:

> Post-processing was done in Photoshop

> Topaz Adjust on the entire image to get back the colors and the details [details]

> Topaz Denoise on the sky (more aggressively) [details]

> Topaz Denoise on the rest of the image (less aggressively) [details]

> Saturation layer on the sculpture (increased yellows, decreased blues)

> Curves layer on the sculpture to increase the contrast

> Sharpening on the sculpture using the high-pass filter [details]

> Levels layer on the sky to tune the brightness

> Saturation layer on the sky to tune the blue tones

> Some halo reduction on the sky

> Evening out luminance differences in the sky resulting from tonemapping (using inverted blue channel mask)

> Photo filter layer on the shine to give it a orange tone

> Saturation layer on the ground

> Saturation layer on the trees

> Some retouching to remove ugly stickers from the sculpture

> Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]



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Taken on June 5, 2010